New England Tour – 8 Days in Vermont, Maine and Massachusetts

New England Tour - Maine 1Spring has officially sprung here in the Northern Hemisphere and many people are thinking about their summer trips or vacations. We don’t usually travel much during June, July, or August because it is just TOO hot and too many people. However, I also know a lot of people do so I wanted to share this amazing New England tour that I would actually love to take myself. It seems like a slower pace which is also great for those of us in the 55+ group. This 8 day tour takes you to some of the most breathtaking parts of Vermont, the Maine Coast, and Massachusetts.  It sounds like a blast. Here are all the details.

New England Tour - Vermont 1On this New England tour by EF Go Ahead Tours you will get to discover New England’s scenic landscapes, quaint towns, and iconic cities as you make your way from the mountains to the coast. Taste iconic treats in Vermont, like Ben & Jerry’s ice cream before riding to the top of Mount Washington in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. Then, cross in to Maine to explore its beautiful coastline. Your journey wraps up in Massachusetts, home to some of the most historic cities in the country. Of three states, I have only been to the Boston area and saw their Public Gardens and a few other things while working in the area, but I haven’t really explored the area.

New England Tour - CambridgeTour Package Includes:

  • 7 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 2 dinners with beer or wine
  • 1 food tasting
  • 6 sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
  • Private deluxe motor coach

New England Tour - Maine 2Included highlights

  • Trapp Family Lodge
  • Burlington harbor cruise
  • Ben & Jerry’s factory tour
  • Lake Champlain cruise
  • Mount Washington Cog Railway
  • Kennebunkport
  • Salem
  • Boston’s Freedom Trail

New England Tour - Vermont 2Itinerary

Burlington, Vermont (2 nights)

 Day 1: Arrival in Burlington

Welcome to Vermont! Make your way to your hotel to get settled in.

Day 2: Sightseeing tour of Vermont

Included meals: Breakfast, Welcome dinner

An all-day tour introduces you to Vermont’s delicious local fare and small towns.

  • Stop in Stowe to enjoy a guided tour of the Trapp Family Lodge with a member of the Von Trapp family
  • Walk the streets of charming downtown Stowe
  • Enjoy a walk led by your Tour Director through the quaint town of Burlington before setting off on a cruise of Lake Champlain

Join your group for a welcome dinner this evening.

North Conway, New Hampshire (2 nights)

Day 3: North Conway via the White Mountains

Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting

Travel east to New Hampshire, taking in breathtaking scenery as you go.

  • Before leaving Vermont, tour the Ben & Jerry’s Factory and enjoy samples of ice cream in Waterbury
  • Pass through the White Mountains, stopping at the Franconia Notch and the Old Man of the Mountain Memorial Park along the way
  • Drive through the landscapes of the state’s most famous scenic byway, the Kancamagus Highway

Then, continue on to North Conway.

Please note: The Ben & Jerry’s factory tour is not guaranteed as it is is still currently closed due to restrictions.

Day 4: Mount Washington & White Mountain Trail drive

Included meal: Breakfast

Make your way to Mount Washington, located in the scenic White Mountains.

  • Board the Mount Washington Cog Railway for a beautiful ride to the region’s highest summit
  • Take in the incredible vistas that the region is known for, like Owl’s Head, Bretton Woods, and the historic “notches”

Maine Coast (1 night)

Day 5: Maine Coast via Portland & Kennebunkport

Included meal: Breakfast

Transfer to the coast of Maine by way of the state’s picturesque Lakes District.

  • Stop in Portland and join your Tour Director on a tour of the city
  • Pass the Portland Observatory and Fort Allen Park
  • Visit the Old Port neighborhood, filled with independent bookshops and quaint local boutiques
  • Travel to Kennebunkport and pass by Walker’s Point Estate, the Bush family’s summer home

Continue on to the Maine Coast and enjoy a free evening or add an excursion.

Boston, Massachusetts (2 nights)

Day 6: Boston via Salem

Included meal: Breakfast

Stop in Salem, the Witch City, to visit the famed House of Seven Gables. Later, arrive in Boston for a guided tour of one of the oldest cities in America.

  • Sweep through 250 years of American history on the Freedom Trail
  • Pass by Boston Common, Paul Revere’s House and the Old North Church
  • View Faneuil Hall, the Old State House, and King’s Chapel
  • Visit the Bunker Hill Monument and view the USS Constitution located in Charlestown Navy Yard
  • End your tour in Harvard Square, where you’ll have free time to wander through the university’s campus

Day 7: Free day in Boston

Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Enjoy a free day in Boston or add an excursion.

Later this evening, celebrate your trip at a farewell dinner with your group.

Flight Home

Day 8: Departure

Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay in Boston.

New England Tour - MassachusettsGo Ahead Tours are currently taking  New England tour reservations for June, July, and August.  Here is a link to their website with more information about this specific tour, as well as many others they lead. They can accommodate groups of 15-24 and have all different price ranges, dates, etc. Have you ever been on one of their tours, specifically the New England tour? If so, please share your experience. I would love to hear more about your experience(s).

 

 

 

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5 thoughts on “New England Tour – 8 Days in Vermont, Maine and Massachusetts”

  1. Being from why upstate New York in the adirondacks, this post brought back so many memories. We spend so much time in Vermont, we could see the Bennington Monument from my uncle’s farm in Cambridge NY! My sister lives in Maine now so hopefully a trip to see her will be in the works soon!

  2. Loved this post and the pictures. I am pretty sure I took a very similar one like the first one in this post, the lighthouse, it’s in Cape Elizabeth, right? The NE states are wonderful to visit, especially in fall.

    1. Hi Tamara, good eye! Yes, it is from Cape Elizabeth in New Hampshire. My nephew used to live in NP and loved going there. I know it wasn’t the states of the tour, but I thought it was so pretty and couldn’t resist, lol.

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